Transition to secondary school is a daunting and stressful time for young people. Some stress can be helpful by alerting us to potential danger. However, if students are feeling overwhelmed, moody or unmotivated, they may be suffering from excessive stress. By discussing the good and bad types of stress, students will learn how to identify when they need to seek help.

Year level



20 minutes


In class activity

SEL Competencies



Social awareness

Learning intention

Students will learn about good and bad types of stress and explore a range of ways for reducing stress.

Key outcomes

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • discuss good and bad types of stress

  • identify a range of ways to reduce stress

  • explore the website for resources.

Materials needed

  • Whiteboard and markers

  • Butcher’s paper and markers for each group

  • Access to the article ‘Ways to chill for cheap’.

  • Access to the YouTube clip ‘"I'm hangry" meditation’.

Mapped to

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Analyse the impact of changes and transitions, and devise strategies to support themselves and others through these changes (AC9HP8P02)

Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities

  • Personal and Social Capability:

    • Self-awareness

    • Self-management

NSW PDHPE Syllabus

  • Examines and evaluates strategies to manage current and future challenges (PD4-1)

  • Demonstrates self-management skills to effectively manage complex situations (PD4-9)

Victorian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and wellbeing may be at risk (VCHPEP144)

  • Identify and critique the accessibility and effectiveness of support services based in the community that impact on the ability to make healthy and safe choices (VCHPEP145)

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Activity 1

Group brainstorm: Ways to chill

10 minutes

  1. Explain to students that one way to cope with stress is to make sure we take the time to do activities that help us to relax.

  2. Provide students with access to the infographic ‘Ways to chill for cheap’.

  3. Using the poster as inspiration, students create their own version, demonstrating things they like to do to chill out. They could do this individually, in pairs or as a group.

  4. Students can be creative using an application such as canva, or butcher’s paper and markers.

  5. Once complete, students can display their posters in a common area or by digital means.

Activity 2

Video meditation: 'I'm hangry'

10 minutes

  1. Explain to students that a common way to relax is through mindfulness, an example of which is meditation.

  2. Students find a space and make sure they are comfortable. This may be lying on the floor, seated at their desks or sitting with their backs to the wall.

  3. Play the ‘"I'm hangry" meditation’ clip.

  4. Ask students how the exercise made them feel.


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